Timber Creek High School only opened in 2010, but its sports teams are making noise in athletics, specifically volleyball. With a new coach, the Lady Falcons want to make more noise.
Erin Wood, a former standout middle blocker at TCU, takes over for Catherine Reeves this season and expects great things from the Lady Falcons.
“It's my first head coaching job and I am excited to take the reigns in the development of young female athletes,” Wood said.
Wood has been coaching high school volleyball since 2006 with her first job as the JV coach at Brewer High School, where she later advanced to an assistant on the varsity team.
She later moved to El Paso and coached at Canutillo High School.
Now she takes over at Timber Creek, where the Lady Falcons made the playoffs the past two seasons under Reeves and with the help of star player Lauren Mills, who was named to the Star-Telegram Super Team in each of the past two seasons.
“Being a head coach has been a life-long goal since my first year at Brewer. Timber Creek's reputation of its staff, especially its coaching staff, appealed to me,” Wood said. “Coach Reeves did a great job laying the ground work for a successful program. I came to Timber Creek because I wanted the opportunity to continue to improve upon the success that Coach Reeves started.”
Wood has been in volleyball since the sixth grade, but didn't get serious until high school. She was recruited by Sandy Trout at TCU and later received a full-ride scholarship, starting at middle blocker for four years under Prentice Lewis and the Horned Frogs.
Coming to Timber Creek, the first thing Wood wanted to do was to connect with the players and sustain a level of trust.
“I wanted my players to know that they can trust my volleyball knowledge. It's important for a team to buy into the system that is being run by the coach,” Wood said. “The second most important thing I wanted them to know was that I will be their biggest advocate on and off the court and in the classroom.”
As for Mills, after two terrific seasons, she's moving on to play at SMU.
“I didn't have the opportunity to witness Lauren, but I understand she was a force to be reckoned with,” Wood said.
Despite the new job, Wood remains hopeful that the winning aspect continues for the Lady Falcons behind tough defense and smart offense.
“This year our strength will come from playing defense as a singular unit. As long as everyone covers their defensive responsibilities, we will make it very difficult for other teams to find an open piece of court to put the ball down,” Wood said. “We will counter offensively with smart shots as opposed to power plays.”
Trying to find a player to fill Lauren's shoes will be a difficult task, but Wood likes her chances.
“I believe that senior middle blocker Sarah Shivers and her blocking will be something to watch out for,” Wood said. “Senior outside hitter Erika Costain is another player that I believe will shine this year now that she's out from under Mills' shadow.”